New publication May 2019

The Thorpe Hamlet History Group has produced "Thorpe Hamlet and the First World War" as its third Occasional Paper. This explores the effect of World War I on life in Thorpe Hamlet with two army barracks, the construction of thousands of aircraft, and massive upheaval to everyday life in schools and the workplace, and the subsequent commemoration of those who gave their lives. 60pp A4, ISBN 978-0-9955487-2-5, £5.

It can be obtained from City Bookshop in Davey Place or Jarrolds in Exchange Street.


About Thorpe Hamlet

Thorpe Hamlet is on the east side of Norwich city centre, on the highest land in Norwich. For the purposes of this website, its boundaries are the river to the west and south, Harvey Lane and Heartsease lane to the east, and Gurney Road running through Mousehold Heath to the north.

If you have travelled through Norwich railway station, been to watch the Canaries at Carrow Road or visited Norwich prison, you have been to Thorpe Hamlet.

Ten features of Thorpe Hamlet's history

  • It was the first place in Britain where the post was sorted using postcodes
  • The line of a Roman road ran through Thorpe Hamlet
  • It has an ancient wood that can be traced back to Domesday Book
  • It had a site where those judged to be religious heretics were put to death
  • It is where thousands of rebels gathered in 1549 to lay siege to the city's defences
  • It is where a major factory built parts for the R101 airship and much else
  • It once had a tower that formed part of a system for sending text messages from London to Great Yarmouth (on clear days)
  • It is where the first non-denominational cemetery was opened
  • Its football ground is the only one where a reigning monarch has watched a Football League match
  • It has Norwich's only surviving medieval bridge